Nearly two dozen agencies will gather in Staunton tomorrow to say "thank you" to veterans by offering them a helping hand.
The second-annual Veteran's Resource Fair may offer some surprises to the men and women who have served. The director of the Greater Augusta United Way makes it her full-time job to know what services and resources are out there. But even she was unaware of just how much assistance available to veterans. And the United Way has resolved to help them find it.
The United Way is trying to reach a wide spectrum of military vets, from World War II, through the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. It has partnered with 22 agencies that have something to offer each of them. That includes health care and employment assistance but also groups that work to help disabled vets do the things they enjoy most.
United Way Director Cynthia Pritchard said, "I didn't realize there were adventure programs specifically for veterans to go kayaking and fishing and do fun things in the community. I didn't realize there was a group that gave away concert tickets to veterans and veterans only."
The resource fair will be at Central United Methodist Church, right on the route of the Veterans Day parade in downtown Staunton. It runs Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and the time and location is no coincidence. The United Way says that gives vets a chance to watch the annual parade, then hit the fair to learn what is out there for them.